Monthly Archives: December 2020

Get Yourself Active at Home:  Jan – Feb Video Timetable

Get Yourself Active at Home  Jan - Feb  Timetable

Get Yourself Active at Home  Jan – Feb  Timetable

New accessible pre-recorded videos to support disabled people to get active at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

The new ‘Get Yourself Active at Home’ timetable is now available and videos will be released in January on to our new YouTube channel.

These pre-recorded videos are designed to support disabled people and people with long term health conditions to be active at home.

The timetable includes four series all led by different trainers and involving a variety of different activities that can be carried out from the comfort of your home.

Videos created from the research will be released in January on to our new YouTube channel.

Seated Cardio and Strength with Ben

  • Tuesday 5th January
  • Thursday 7th January
  • Tuesday 12th January
  • Thursday 14th January

Multi-sport activities with Mark

  • Tuesday 19th January
  • Thursday 21st January
  • Tuesday 26th January
  • Thursday 28th January

Seated dance with Rachel

  • Tuesday 2nd February
  • Thursday 4th February
  • Tuesday 9th February
  • Thursday 11th February

Body weight workouts with Becky

  • Tuesday 16th February
  • Thursday 18th February
  • Tuesday 23rd February
  • Thursday 25th February

The ‘Sport England Active Lives Coronavirus Report’ (Oct 2020) shows that disabled people’s activity levels were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and they experienced a larger increase in inactivity levels. 56% of disabled people with 3 or more impairments are now inactive, rising by 11.2% from last year. During this difficult time, it is more important than ever that we are supporting disabled people to be active in a way that is right for them.

The Get Yourself Active team at Disability Rights UK have been working with Sense and Durham University to find out how disabled people have been staying active during the coronavirus pandemic, and to find out what resources can help people to stay active at home. Our survey was completed by over 450 disabled adults from across the UK, and we also interviewed 40 people to talk to them in more detail about their experiences and what they would like from future resources.

We have used the findings from our research to co-design accessible and inclusive pre-recorded videos using the experiences and feedback of disabled people and people with long term health conditions.

Liddie Bone, Get Yourself Active Project Manager, who led on the development of the resources, commented: “It’s more important than ever that disabled people are given opportunities to be active in a way that is right for them. What started as a small research project during the first lockdown has grown into a larger piece of work where we have now used our research to develop our own resources to support disabled people to be active at home. This not only means the videos are created using what disabled people have told us, but will mean the videos are accessible and as inclusive as possible.”

Alissa Ayling, Sense: “Being active at home is still a new concept for many, and accessible online content for disabled people is limited. We are delighted to be working alongside Disability Rights UK and Durham University on this insight-led initiative, ensuring that there are more opportunities for people to engage. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted inequalities that disabled people already faced and presented new ones in terms of accessing physical activity. This work has been vital in terms of breaking down barriers and providing new and engaging opportunities for people to keep active.

Professor Brett Smith, Duham University: “This work is impressive not least because it is informed by a strong evidence-base. Captured through survey’s and interviews, over 450 disabled people’s voices informed what resource to develop, what and who should be in it, and how it can be made usable. The videos are not only timely by helping to support disabled people get and stay active during these challenging times. The fact that the videos were created through research rigorously conducted with disabled people also lays a foundation for how future resources can be developed so that they achieve maximum impact.”

 

 

VIP Singers Video – Little Drummer Boy: Peace on Earth!

VIP Singers Video- Little Drummer Boy: Peace on Earth!

The VIP Singers are a group of Visually- Impaired people and their friends. They made this amazing video for the @guidedogs Christmas Wishes Event in 2020. Lovely to see some Metro blind sport members taking part.

VIP Singers – Little Drummer Boy: Peace on Earth – YouTube Video Below

 

The VIP Singers are a group of Visually-Impaired people and their friend. We made this video for the Guide Dog Association’s Christmas Wishes Event in 2020.

The VIP Singers normally meet at St Thomas’ Hospital on a Saturday morning (we’re on Zoom at the moment).

If you fancy joining us you are very welcome!

Ring 07770 381 758 for more information.

And while I know that everyone is being pressed for money, if you find you have £10 burning a hole in your pocket and you feel like supporting our singing group for the blind and other support for the visually impaired of South London, based at St Thomas’s,  please feel free to send it online to:

South London Resource Centre for Visually Impaired people

Sort  30-91-54

a/c 01712024

If you are interested, have a look at www.southlondonvision.org as well.

 

Ride Side-by-Side: Bikeworks & Metro Blind Sport

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

We are delighted that we have teamed up with Bikeworks to deliver a new inclusive cycling project from early 2021.

 The project idea

This project is about getting blind and partially people around the areas of West London by pedalling (or choosing not to pedal) on Side-by-Side e-cycles, making trips of their choice, solving their transport problems, having a social interaction, and most importantly, getting some exercise.

Metro Blind Sport have partnered with Bikeworks, to deliver the Ride Side-by-Side project to enable local blind and partially sighted residents within the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the east of Ealing to make short trips, to keep appointments, visit the shops or make social visits on a Side-By-Side cycle, accompanied by a trained rider (pilot).

It will enable the participants to not only improve physical fitness, but equally, to develop peer support and networks.

When will the project take place?

The project will initially run for two half days a week for 26 weeks. Days will be confirmed early in the New Year. On each day between 1-3 people will be taken out for 1.5-hour slots. Two slots will be available on each day potentially offering the service to up to 6 people a day and 12 people a week.

Up to three people can travel together (plus the Pilot) since the project cycles can be joined together to make a cycling bus. This means the service can be booked by a group of friends to get people to and from a specific event such as a lunch club, or simply to do activity together.

This is an active, healthy alternative to travel by private car, bus, or taxi. This shift in travel modes supports the expansion of cycling routes in and around London.

Who can take part?

The project will be promoted to Metro Blind Sport members, but we welcome blind and partially sighted non-members to take part as well. Although the project will be based in West London, members from all over London are welcome to come and have a go.

The cycle is based very near to Latimer Road tube station, on the Circle and Hammersmith and Fulham underground lines, making it an accessible meeting location.

How will I book?

People will be able to book a 1.5-hour slot by phone or online. The pilot will pick people up from their homes or meet them at their home or at a mutually convenient place and take them on a trip of their choice. Booking details will be available early in the New Year.

Cost

We are extremely grateful to The Edward Gostling Foundation for their support with this project. Due to their funding we can offer this project without a charge to participants.

 Benefits to participants

Overall, our project will help those with visual impairments to;

  • Be active/healthy
  • Improve your mental health
  • Heighten your confidence
  • Increase your independence

This project will enable people who are blind and partially sighted to take part in an accessible activity which is proved to have many physical health benefits. Through this programme we envisage that participants physical health and their physical mobility will be improved.

Bikeworks delivered a pilot in Hackney last year, offering an active travel mobility option to make short trips either for appointments, to visit the shops, to visit friends and family, or for leisure and exercise.

Testimonials

Mohammed (30):

I was pretty excited, I was not expecting this set-up, I’ve never seen this thing before. I was a little anxious, I wasn’t sure I would be able to pedal it and I didn’t know there was a motor, but when that became clear [that I didn’t have to pedal]

I was feeling much relaxed, it was very well organised and controlled throughout, I felt safe and will remember this experience for a long time, I was very happy.

Amira (74):

I felt very good, fresh, relaxed, comfortable and safe, activity is very important, it’s important to go out and socialise and this bike can help.

Mavis (79):

I enjoyed it, it lifted my spirits, I was feeling good, excited, I was ringing the bell and waving my hands and saying hello to everyone who passed by, and they smiled with me and I smiled with them, it was quite sociable. I didn’t want to get off the bike at the end. We’d like to have it more often, and we like the friendly chauffeur!

Jaz (55):

I thought it was brilliant, a bit short, we only went round the block, but it brought back memories of when I was able to ride a bike as a child, it felt liberating, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt tired but good, this is something I can do, it felt comfortable and safe, and good that somebody else was in control. 

COVID-19

COVID-19 restrictions have been considered for this project. Particularly with regards to social distancing.

Bikeworks has developed Covid-19 delivery guidance for all its inclusive cycling projects. Some key mitigation points include:

  • Pre-registration required for track and trace purposes
  • People will be asked about their health when booking the service and before riding to ascertain if they have any Covid 19 symptoms. Anyone displaying symptoms will not be allowed to ride
  • Side by Side cycles must be wiped down with sterilising spray at the start of the day and between each rider
  • Where the cycle with two units is used the rider will sit in the rear cycle and the pilot in the front. Two riders from the same household or bubble will sit next to each other in the rear unit
  • Where a single unit is used the rider will sit next to the Pilot. Both the pilot and rider will wear masks and protective shields. They will be offered gloves though this is not compulsory since the cycles will be sterilised between each rider
  • Use of trailer add-on for additional distancing

As a deliverer of regular sport and physical activity for blind and partially people, Metro Blind Sport would supplement any Bikeworks training to include methods of guiding blind and partially sighted people without touch.

Next steps?

If you are keen to come along then please let me know by emailing martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org. We will then register your interest and contact you early in the New Year with all the booking details and the days and times that the sessions are running.

Have a happy Christmas and New Year. 

 

 

Online VI Chair Yoga Session 2 with Claire Miller

Chair Yoga Session 2  with Claire Miller – YouTube video above

“Hello and welcome again, to this little online wellness session.

I hope everything is okay in your world today. So my name is Claire, thank you for joining, if you’re joining for the second session,  let’s again as we did last time, just take a moment to get comfortable in our seats, whatever you’re sitting on, whether it’s chair or sofa or sitting onto the floor and take a moment, just to take a few big inhales.”  Claire Miller

Download Transcript:  https://blindsport.uk/Yoga2Transcript

Each class will begin & end with focus on your breath , leaving you with a sense of lightness. Claire will give clear & descriptive instructions for each movement,  so you  can relax and enjoy your class.

Claire is a highly qualified fitness & yoga teacher, who became visually impaired a few years ago & truly believes that yoga is for all.

 

VI Chair Yoga Session 1 with Claire Miller – Youtube Video Below

Chair Yoga Session 1

“Good morning or afternoon whatever time of day is with you and welcome to this little chair yoga session. So, my name is Claire from Claire Miller Yoga and I will be taking you through this gentle practice this morning.

So this is our first session so all you need today, is just something to sit on whether it’s a  dining chair, a sofa, you can sit on the floor, whatever works for you.”  Claire Miller

Download Transcript: https://blindsport.uk/Yoga1Transcript

 

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VI Chair Yoga Sessions

VI Chair Yoga Session 1 with Claire Miller - Metro Blind Sport

Online VI Chair Yoga Sessions with Claire Miller

Metro Blind Sport is very happy to deliver the first of four, online described VI Chair Yoga video Sessions, led by Claire Miller. Chair yoga is an adapted form of yoga accessible to all. An excellent way to loosen & stretch tight muscles, reducing stress & improving circulation.

Each class will begin & end with focus on your breath , leaving you with a sense of lightness. Claire will give clear & descriptive instructions for each movement,  so you  can relax and enjoy your class.

Claire is a highly qualified fitness & yoga teacher, who became visually impaired a few years ago & truly believes that yoga is for all.

VI Chair Yoga Session 1 with Claire Miller – Youtube Video Below

Chair Yoga Session 1

“Good morning or afternoon whatever time of day is with you and welcome to this little chair yoga session. So, my name is Claire from Claire Miller Yoga and I will be taking you through this gentle practice this morning.

So this is our first session so all you need today, is just something to sit on whether it’s a  dining chair, a sofa, you can sit on the floor, whatever works for you.”  Claire Miller

Download Transcript: https://blindsport.uk/Yoga1Transcript

 

VI Chair Yoga Session 2  with Claire Miller – Youtube Video Below

Chair Yoga Session 2

“Hello and welcome again, to this little online wellness session.

I hope everything is okay in your world today. So my name is Claire, thank you for joining if you’re joining for the second session and let’s again as we did last time, just take a moment to get comfortable in our seats, whatever you’re sitting on whether it’s chair or sofa or sitting onto the floor and take a moment just to take a few big inhales.”  Claire Miller

Download Transcript:  https://blindsport.uk/Yoga2Transcript

You can Watch our other sport video here:  http://bit.ly/MetroBlindSportYouTube

Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MetroVISports